* Posts by MK_E

36 posts • joined 16 Sep 2015

Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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Re: The walking dead

"send more paramedics..."

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Re: Layers of security

TOR is barely a step above security through obscurity, the equivalent of going out in a crowd in a plain hoodie and jeans. Sure, you'll avoid notice by most, you'll be pretty nondescript to any CCTV operators out there, but the moment you meet up in an underpass with three other behoodied guys, one of whom happens to be an undercover cop, your anonymity won't save you.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Re: found no evidence to suggest that activity is unfairly and intentionally targeted at women

I'm reminded of the story a while back about the student who was looking after a house while the owners were away, answered the door to a Capita goon, and wound up being taken to court despite not being an actual member of the household, or even resident there. She just happened to be the poor chump who answered the door.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: Bollocks...

Have an upvote. I live in a satellite town and take the train in for a weekday commute. For travelling in en-masse with a few hundred other people who are all going from Specific Place A to Specific Place B, mass transit is perfect.

On weekends? Sucks to be me, the trains don't run frequently enough to get me into town on time. Nobody else is going in at 7am on a Saturday so it doesn't make sense to send an entire train either.

On night shifts? No such thing as an overnight return on scotrail, fork out for two singles even though it's literally the same as a dayshift worker's "go into work and back" just with AM and PM reversed.

If I want to visit the parents? Public transport is, according to google, three changes minimum and will take three hours, at god knows what cost, while hopping in the car will get me there in little over an hour with as much crap packed into the boot as I feel like carrying. Even heading into Glasgow, the instant I put a single person in my passenger seat, it becomes cheaper per person than paying rail fare. Another guy I know wanted to travel from Leeds to Birmingham for the bank holiday weekend. It was literally cheaper for two people to go to the airport and hire a car than it was to take the train.

All the ads and viral images I see scattered around the place along the lines of that one with a city street packed with cars and what it would look like if all those people took a single city bus or light rail seem to be oblivious to the idea that not all people are travelling to or from the same places or at the same times.

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Re: @Christian Berger, re: stupid bills.

I once withdrew all my cash from a bank account (I took on a short contract job for a bank and the account came with the job), and THEN closed the account.

Not long after, I received a cheque for the accrued interest for 1p. I've still got it somewhere.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: Sea-skimming microwave

At a guess, I'd say part of the signal was reflecting off the water and onto the receiver, and this reflected beam would be out of phase with the main (direct) beam. At the right water level, this could make for some interesting interference patterns.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Re: What now follows?

It's the difference between the government telling you you're not allowed to go to the pub, and Big Dave down at the Dog & Duck saying "get out, you're barred".

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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Sometimes I wonder whether a simpler analogy might get through the less tech inclined's heads about why backdoors are a bad idea.

Imagine passing a law that requires all locks sold in the UK be openable by a special government skeleton key that the police would have a copy of (and naturally only used when allowed to by law, trust us) for use in protecting the public and investigating terrorism and fighting crime and all that good stuff.

Shortly afterwards, some shady individual manages to snag a copy of the official key and uses it to burgle houses.

Meanwhile, actual criminals just prop a chair under the door handle.

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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Re: It would be nice...

I'm reminded of the time I took the overnight coach from Glasgow into Victoria, and was meeting someone at King's Cross at 11am. My coach got me in at around 6AM on a saturday morning in July, not a cloud in the air, so I figured I'd just walk it.

It was a really nice walk, the traffic hadn't got going yet, and the sights were better than anything I'd get from the inside of a tunnel.

The people I was meeting looked at me like I had two heads when we moved on and they found I hadn't bought a tube ticket yet.

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

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Re: Unidentified foreign law enforcement agency?

I'd just assumed it was "Foreign Legal Authority" or something to that effect.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: Juicing is bad

Reminded of seeing a grauniad article from some yuppie talking about avocados, that seriously asked the question of whether they'd become too cheap and accessible to be "aspirational".

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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The mortgage one is hilarious. When I was buying my first house, the bank told me at first that the computer didn't think I could afford the repayments month to month.

The fact that it was a clear £100/mo less than what I was paying in rent, that I was already paying and managing to save up for a deposit while paying, should have been self-evident that I could afford a smaller amount.

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Ford to build own data centre to store connected car data

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I seem to recall hearing about one local council running a pilot project for a traffic calming measure a few years back - rather than the usual speeding fines and accusations of using speed limits as revenue generation, the plan was to have the radars passively detect people travelling over the limit and instruct the lights half a mile up the road to go red.

Wonder how that would play with this system?

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That last paragraph reminded me of an old Atari game where you had a grid of roads and could toggle the lights between N/S or E/W, with the goal of keeping the traffic going for as long as possible without getting backed up, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called now.

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Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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Re: anyone else ...

I was wondering what all that was about.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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All of this just leaves me wondering how bloody hard it is for manufacturers to include a little hardware switch to disable the damn thing entirely when it's not in use. God knows they love putting the wifi on/off switch on laptops in places you can hit it by accident.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

I used to have a Cineworld Unlimited subscription, then I moved house. Now the cost of travelling to the cineworld obliterates any savings from the subscription. Cinema near me now is a Vue and they don't seem to have that offer available. Which is a shame, 'cause with the unlimited card I would quite happily go and watch whatever happened to be on, even things I normally wouldn't bother with (and certainly wouldn't pay full ticket price for) since I'd already paid.

When you factor in the fact that I could practically squeeze another entire movie in the time I'd spend sitting around travelling or waiting through trailers for the feature to start, now if I'm going to the cinema it's got to be for something I REALLY want to watch on the big screen.

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MK_E

I know a lot of people who effectively stopped pirating games when Steam and GOG arrived on the scene and made it convenient (or even just POSSIBLE) to get hold of games that were otherwise difficult or inconvenient to get hold of legally, especially in the "don't copy that floppy!" era.

Also a kodi box is just worth it for people who don't watch enough TV to justify the licence fee on top of a sky subscription. Hell, most streaming services work out cheaper than a TV licence, and give the option of watching what you actually want to without having to trawl through channel upon channel of whatever shite gameshows they're churning out as filler between the good stuff.

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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I get them at my desk sometimes. Thick indian accent identifying himself as "Angus Mcleod from Microsoft"

Aye right.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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The only reason any of my family have got the 3DS is because for some godforsaken reason the 2DS was designed with that giant slab form factor that can't be closed and doesn't fit in a pocket. Nothing to do with the 3D.

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Re: What's so wrong about a private email server?

The first thing that came to mind was the scene from Devil's Advocate when Keanu Reeves walks in on his manager shredding a load of documents.

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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Re: Sandwich filler?

The shock front moved at 3km/s, not the earth.

You don't get buildings blown over by ~770mph winds every time there's a loud noise.

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Power cut interrupts UK.gov cloud service supplier

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Re: Dad's Army Diesel

Not to mention that running for STOR on a semi-regular basis will let them spot problems with the generators before they actually need them for real. If they fail during STOR, it's nowhere near the disaster that failing during an actual power cut would be.

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Diesels aren't so dirty when you consider that you can turn them off when you're not using them. Considering the alternative of keeping conventional plant idling 24/7 "just in case" you need to turn it on at a moment's notice, the fact that a diesel engine is only producing emissions when you absolutely need it makes a big difference.

Most STOR usage isn't diesel anyway, it's far more common for them to run gas CHPs (usually industrial greenhouses) or turn off the freezers at cold storage warehouses for a couple of hours.

Trying to compare peak load generation to base load generation is like trying to compare a hatchback to a lorry - if you were going to transport fifty tonnes of goods the length of the country, you'd be better off using a lorry than a hundred hatchbacks, but by the same token it'd be woefully inefficient to use a lorry to pick up your weekly shopping.

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Punters want heart-throbs, not brains, when thinking wrist-jobs

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Give me a smart watch with anything close to the battery life of a dumb one and I might be interested, otherwise it's no good to me as a watch and will never do the "smart" stuff as well as my phone.

That said, even my phone isn't as good as my old C12 at actually, you know, making voice calls.

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Demise of Angler, the world's worst exploit kit, still shrouded in mystery

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Re: Maybe they quit while they were ahead?

News of another ring getting busted would be a great time to shut up shop and let people assume that they must have been one of the people who were caught.

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: High Inquisitor

When she showed up with that grey suit and the pearls all I could see was Mallory Archer.

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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

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When I briefly worked for RBS, every transaction I performed with online banking would generate me a code, for which I'd have to insert my card into a reader, enter my PIN and the code, and the reader would spit me back an auth code.

Bit of a pain in the arse if I want to use online banking and I've not brought my widget with me though.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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I'm wondering how long it'll take before someone winds up chasing one over someone's back fence in a castle doctrine state or something.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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To be fair to him, I watched that interview with Gove. He was cut off towards the end of his sentence, but he didn't say "the general public are sick of experts", he said "the general public are sick of experts getting it wrong".

So presumably referring to all the people banging on about how the Euro was gonna be a great thing and Britain was going to be left behind by not joining and so on and so forth, who were mysteriously quiet when the euro crisis happened in... just about exactly the way that other commentators (who were largely ignored the first time around) said it would.

So it's more of a swipe at Heseltine (who's been pro-Europe in precisely the wrong places for the last two decades) than a general anti-intellectual statement.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: The current plan does not matter

Have an upvote. That last part is especially true - pretending that public opinions outside of the mainstream don't exist, or sweeping them under the carpet and calling them fringe bigots or whatever, is exactly what drives otherwise reasonable people towards the fringe parties.

Remember the outcry when Yorkshire voted in a BNP MEP? The establishment response was to scream and stamp their feet and call an entire county nazis while not actually bothering to look into what caused them to vote the way they did. UKIP, on the other hand, who were barely a footnote in british politics back then, moved into the position of "hey we'll represent you on this issue so you don't have to go for the COMPLETE racist lunatics" and suddenly seemed a much more attractive option. Basically ate the BNP's lunch in the process.

If Brown had allowed a referendum on the Lisbon treaty like he promised, when anti-EU sentiment hadn't reached the boiling point it has in recent years, one of the biggest pieces of ammunition the leave campaign had, that it was undemocratic and that it didn't have a mandate, that we'd voted for a trade union and not a political one, would have been invalid.

Dismissing people and calling them fringe lunatics or whatever other smear you can come up with doesn't magically make their concerns go away. All it does is make them ensure you're not in earshot before voicing them to whoever WILL listen.

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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

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Doesn't strike me as very "closed-circuit" if you ask me.

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Or, going back to Archimedes, charging up the satellite-mounted laser.

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Devil

Remember getting a call from my mum last week because Windows 10 had been installed on her laptop - by her cat jumping on the keyboard.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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Obligatory Achewood:

http://achewood.com/index.php?date=04292004

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Trollface

Police have identified his co-conspirators.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ignignokt and Err should alert the authorities immediately. Do not attempt to confront them yourselves as they are presumed to be armed with the deadly quad laser.

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